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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 11, Iss. 14 — Jul. 14, 2003
  • pp: 1607–1612

Compensation for extreme outages caused by polarization mode dispersion and amplifier noise

Vladimir Chernyak, Michael Chertkov, Igor Kolokolov, and Vladimir Lebedev  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 11, Issue 14, pp. 1607-1612 (2003)

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Fluctuations of Bit-Error-Rate (BER) stimulated by birefringent disorder in an optical fiber system are found to be strong. The effect may not be analyzed in terms of the average BER but rather requires analyzing the Probability Distribution Function (PDF) of BER. We report the emergence of the extremely extended algebraic-like tail of the PDF, corresponding to anomalously large values of BER. We analyze the dependence of the PDF tail, and thus the outage probability, on the first-order PMD compensation scheme. Effectiveness of compensation is illustrated quantitatively using a simple, however, practical example.

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OCIS Codes
(030.6600) Coherence and statistical optics : Statistical optics
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: June 3, 2003
Revised Manuscript: June 22, 2003
Published: July 14, 2003

Vladimir Chernyak, Michael Chertkov, Igor Kolokolov, and Vladimir Lebedev, "Compensation for extreme outages caused by polarization mode dispersion and amplifier noise," Opt. Express 11, 1607-1612 (2003)

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